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Vermont Soy

2010 Summer Internship in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Vermont Soy is part of the movement to produce healthy food from close to home. We buy organic, non-gmo beans from local family farmers, and we believe that fresh, organic, and local food is the healthiest choice for you and the planet.  We are mindful of our carbon footprint, which is why we source our ingredients locally and sell our products regionally. Our mission here at Vermont Soy in Hardwick is to build a healthy food system by supporting sustainable agriculture and our local economy.

General description

We are looking for a student who is self-motivated, creative, and a doer.  We need someone with innovative ideas and the capacity to follow through and make those ideas become a reality.  Someone who is excited about working for a small company that produces premium, socially and environmentally sound building products will do well in this business. Read the rest of this entry »


2010 Summer Internship in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Vermont Natural Coatings, LLC (VNC), located in Hardwick, Vermont, produces a new line of environmentally safe wood finishes. All aspects of the company, including the manufacturing of our wood finishes, take place at our Hardwick facility. As we introduce our new products to the market we are continuing to modify, develop and execute our branding strategy and marketing plan.

This internship is an opportunity to participate in the workings of a young and fast-developing business. You will be working directly with company founders and will experience the entrepreneurial process first hand. You will have the rare opportunity of developing and contributing to projects that directly affect the success of VNC’s unique products and the company as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

It was great to see you all at the Spring Job Fling this afternoon. We had a great turn out!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, don’t worry! There are still jobs out there.

Here you can find the packet that we were handing out. It contains a sample of jobs that are out there in the environmental, social welfare, and common good sectors.

For those of you interested in working in Education check out our Education Jobs and Resources listing here here!

And remember to use MOJO and LACN to look for jobs. If you have any questions, post a comment or come to drop in hours at the CSO, which happen 2 to 5 every weekday.

Founded in 2000, New Sector Alliance is a social impact consulting and leadership development firm. They create sustainable solutions to pressing community challenges through cross-sector partnerships. Their mission is to accelerate social change by strengthening organizations today while developing leaders for tomorrow.

Summer Fellow

New Sector’s Summer Fellows program provides a select group of undergraduates and young professionals the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps members at nonprofit organizations and gain transferable knowledge and skills over the course of the summer. Read the rest of this entry »


NativeEnergy, in South Burlington, Vermont, is looking to hire paid summer interns in their marketing department, project origination team and climate solutions services group.

NativeEnergy sells carbon offsets, which then support the construction of Native American, family farm, and community-based renewable energy projects.

They will interview candidates for a general internship with NativeEnergy and place them with the team that best fits with their interests and skill set. With each of these teams the student will have terrific exposure to the emerging carbon marketplace and make contacts that will be helpful in finding subsequent work in the environmental field. Read the rest of this entry »

Sparkseed is seeking a part-time Venture Support Intern to join their team in San Francisco. This position is ideal for someone with experience in fundraising, research, partnerships, recruitment, and sales coordination that is looking to expand professionally by working for an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young social entrepreneurs. It is also a great fit for individuals seeking:

  • Exposure to influential networks within philanthropy, CSR, and social entrepreneurship
  • An opportunity to achieve personal fulfillment while working for social change
  • An exceptional team of co-workers, in a extraordinary workspace in downtown San Francisco Read the rest of this entry »


Don’t forget that Gretchen Wallace, founder of Global Grassroots will be here in the CSO Library Thursday, February 18 from 2:30-4:00 as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence to answer any questions you may have about how she launched her career coming from a liberal arts background.  She can provide value insight about how you might launch your own project and give advice about realistic hurdles one may encounter in the road.

Stop by and visit with Gretchen!

New Sector’s Residency in Social Enterprise is a competitive program that provides recent graduates and
young professionals the opportunity to serve at a nonprofit organization for one year as an AmeriCorps member.
Through their efforts to further the mission of their service sites, their experience with daily nonprofi t operations, and the training and support New Sector provides, Residents develop a holistic understanding of community, service, leadership, and the elements of a socially responsible career.

About New Sector Alliance
Today’s nonprofi ts and their leaders are faced with challenges that are more complex and more urgent than ever before. Needs in the communities they serve are growing, while resources to address those needs are increasingly scarce. New Sector bridges the gap between the help nonprofit leaders need and the help they can afford. In collaboration with the world’s leading management consulting firms, universities, nonprofi ts and AmeriCorps/The Corporation for National and Community Service, New Sector pursues a unique dual mission of strengthening organizations today while developing leaders for tomorrow.

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Gretchen Wallace will be on campus

this week only.

Her work in development in Africa, women and development, and her NGO Global Grassroots will be the topic of her talks on campus. Gretchen is the sister of Brian Steidle, the American marine who was the first to bring evidence of the genocide in Darfur out of Sudan. He broke the story with Nicholas Kristoff, and later collaborated with Gretchen to produce the documentary film. This week she will host a workshop, a lecture and more.

Gretchen Wallace, in sponsorship with the African Studies Department, is featuring her documentary, ‘The Devil Came on HorsebackRead the rest of this entry »

banner1Do you know about the Skoll Foundation? According to their website, “The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.”

The Skoll Foundation also has a blog, which is an amazing and fun way to stay up-to-date with topics such as Economic and Social Equity, Environmental Sustainability, and Tolerance and Human Rights.

Check out this November 18th post that has a hilarious but informative clip from The Colbert Report.

Are you interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, or education?

If you are, then you should attend

GH/Innovate 2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2010

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Only 4.5 hours away from Middlebury, in New Haven, Connecticut, you will spend two days listening to and learning from 200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. There will also be social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, WaterPartners, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries.

Register Today For Lowest Registration Rate (Rate Increases Monthly):

New Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Complete details on conference website.

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Have you heard about the Davis Projects for Peace, a program which honors Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a 102 year old philanthropist who is interested in finding new ways to advance world peace.

Undergraduate students at more than 90 college campuses across the United States, including those who will graduate this academic year, are eligible to design and submit proposals that address the goal of improving the prospects for peace in the 21st century.  The top submissions from the participating campuses, including at least one from Middlebury, will receive funding of $10,000 from Mrs. Davis with which to initiate projects anywhere in the world during the summer of 2010.

If you are interested, make sure to attend the Q and A session at Old Stone Mill on Monday November 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Students who have been recipients of past Davis Project for Peace funding, as well as students whose projects were supported by the College, will be available to answer questions and speak about their individual experiences. It will be an excellent opportunity to see firsthand what Middlebury students have accomplished with the support of this Initiative.

This is an initiative for all undergraduates, and not those solely interested in politics, the social sciences, or international studiesRead the rest of this entry »

Below are deadlines for competitions, fellowships, and prizes that may be of interest to aspiring social or environmental entrepreneurs. These were provided courtesy of Green VC LinkedIn

November 12, 2009
2010-2011 Acumen Fund Fellows Program – Acumen Fund is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Its fellows program provides training to young professionals who in turn provide support to Acumen Fund investees. You can learn more about applying for the Acumen Fund Fellows Program here

November 16, 2009
Imagine H2O Prize
- The Imagine H2O Prize is a new business plan competition that focuses on solutions to water issues. The 2009 – 2010 competition will focus on water efficiency in agriculture, commercial, industrial or residential applications, such as water demand reduction, improved water use, water recycling and/or reuse.

The total prizes that will be awarded in this year’s competition will be $70,000, including cash awards and in-kind services including legal, tax, and accounting services. In addition, winners will receive in-depth business incubation including mentorship, introductions to financiers, potential beta customers, and go-to-market partners.

Additional information on the 2009 – 2010 competition can be found here.

December 2, 2009
2010 Echoing Green Fellowship
- Echoing Green provides seed funding for social entreprenuers to launch new organizations. Thusfar, Echoing Green has invested more than $28 million in seed funding to more than 471 social entrepreneurs and their organizations. You can learn more about applying for an Echoing Green Fellowship here.

Did you miss last Wednesday’s Graduate School Fair? If so, or if you are looking for a refresher, read on for the highlights.

One highlight was the The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, which focuses not only on business but on management and leadership. The Drucker MBA Program stood out because it incorporates many aspects of social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

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Many folk here at Middlebury have already begun the job/internship hunt. Well if you are interested in Advocacy, Conservation, Farming, Development, Education or more, make sure you look at the Orion Grassroots Network (OGN) Job listings or Internship listings.  The OGN Jobsource posts jobs that focus on change for people or planet and is grassroots in focus.

Some of their recent listings include:

Do you have an interest in social entrepreneurship or would like to learn about health mentoring programs?

Come to the Career Conversation with David Torres ’88 entitled, From Investment Banking to NGO Work in Africa: An Awakening,” next Friday, October 23 in the RAJ conference room.

While traveling around the world with his family on a sabbatical from his role as a Managing Director at JPMorgan in London in 2005, David was introduced to mothers2mothers, and worked as a volunteer in Cape Town for two months. After returning to London in early 2006, David decided to end his 22-year career in banking and join mothers2mothers as a permanent staff member, working first in London from August 2006, and moving with his wife and two children to South Africa in January 2007.

David’s roles include both local and international fundraising and development, and involvement with the business side of mothers2mothers’ international expansion. Read the rest of this entry »


The Environmental Council manages an innovative grant program designed to inspire environmental leadership across the campus through sustainability initiatives. Thanks to President Ron Liebowitz the Environmental Council continues to be able to provide grants to Middlebury College students, staff and faculty. Nearly 40 grants have been awarded utilizing more than $65,000 of funding.
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If you have an interest in corporate social responsibility and the development of sustainable strategies for addressing social and environmental issues, you may be interested in the StartingBloc Fellowships next spring.

“StartingBloc is a global community of social innovators creating new solutions to timeworn problems.” Each year the fellowship begins with a five-day long Institute for Social Innovation (in either New York or Boston).  The institute exposes the Fellows to both industry practitioners and professors who both lecture and teach workshops on Enterprise Planning, Finance Basics, Corporate Responsibility and more. It focuses on networking and building life-long skills.

Here are the agendas from last spring’s New York Institute and Boston Institute.

Following the institute, Fellows enter the StartingBloc Alumni network where they have access to

Global Health and Social Entrepreneurship Idea Incubator Workshop – November 6, 2009
Unite For Sight’s Founder and CEO will hold a ½-day idea incubator workshop in New Haven, Connecticut.  The workshop focuses on effective healthcare delivery and the importance of best practices in global health, successful strategies of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, metrics and measuring outcomes, and mentoring and guidance on how to establish new initiatives and organizations.  The workshop will be a small, intimate forum with a limited capacity of no more than 9 participants.  Application instructions and complete details can be seen here.

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Discussing Youth Social Entrepreneurship
Saturday, May 23, 2009
12:00 – 1:15 PM EST

The panel consists of social entrepreneurs under the age of 35 who have founded or directed a non-governmental organization.

Increasingly, youth around the world are taking it upon themselves to engage social challenges and effect positive community change. A new generation of socially responsible ventures has emerged that addresses urgent global and local issues such as health, poverty, violence, racism, environmental destruction and civic apathy. This wave of youth social entrepreneurship offers new set of solutions and energy, but also brings with it its own set of professional, financial and personal challenges.

This teleconference will discuss the challenges, strategies and rewards of youth social entrepreneurship. Specific topics will include:
* Identifying a promoting a cause
* Developing a strategy
* Pursuing fund raising and support
* Utilizing information technologies
* Finding mentors
* Developing an exit strategy

For more information and to register for the teleconference, visit